I attempted to make my creamy pumpkin tomato sauce last night. The sauce tastes delicious, but the real reason I wanted to try to recreate this sauce was because of the vibrant deep orange, almost red of the original sauce I saw in a jar. I used 3/4 of a cup of pumpkin puree, and it just did not add anything color-wise. I wrote down the recipe, but I'm not going to bother sharing because it really just tastes and looks like a standard marinara sauce. The pumpkin didn't really add much flavor or color wise. I guess the sauce is a little sweeter than tomato only sauce. But it's a very subtle difference.
|Pretty darn red!|
I topped mine with some hemp hearts and extra nutritional yeast. It was a bummer that it didn't turn out exactly how I pictured, but at least it's still tasty. Recipes are really only failures if it's too gross to eat, or you have to force yourself to eat it because you don't want to be wasteful. I'm guessing that to achieve the color I wanted I should switch the ratio to more pumpkin, less tomato, instead of the other way around. I still have about another month where pumpkin puree is readily available, so maybe I will try again. Pumpkin isn't my favorite squash, so I don't know if I would like a stronger pumpkin taste.
I started a meditation challenge for myself on December first, and I've been talking about it a lot on my second blog. I just wanted to mention it here, because I actually really fel like this simple five minutes a day is making a difference. I feel like I am calmer about crtain things, and I've noticed I have an easier time stopping myself from negative thoughts. Today makes a week that I've done five minutes a day of guided meditation. I've had days where it's been very easy to focus, and days where it's sooooooo hard that I want to scratch my eyes out. It's kind of nice to quiet you're brain for awhile. It's a great relief actually.
Do you meditate, have you meditated?